I lost 9 pounds and 14.75 inches. I lost 4 inches in my belly button measurement and 2.5 in the largest part of my belly. I now fit into smaller pants and look so much better in my clothes. Did I mention I also lost 2 inches off of my hips?
As the days went on with the program, my energy increased tremendously! I dress totally differently now. I am ditching my XL and baggy shirts. I do not have the folds and folds of belly fat that made me hide myself under baggy shirts and sweaters. I have a whole box of skinny clothes in my cellar that I can’t wait to tear into. It has been 5 years since I have worn some of those clothes.
I went on a business trip last week and I had to buy new clothes. My 17 year old daughter picked out my new clothes. I felt like a kid again trying on all of these fashionable, trendy clothes and my husband said he hadn’t seen that smile on my face when I came out of the dressing room and showed off each outfit. He said the look on my face was, “I look good and I know it.” He was right. I am crying now as I write this because I forgot what that felt like. I didn’t like myself and I hated how I looked. I had totally lost me. I happily bought over $300 worth of new clothes that day.
I went to Kansas City for a week of classes and meet and greet with corporate presidents and VPs and I felt great. I had so much confidence. I didn’t have to adjust my clothes all day in class to make sure my stomach and back fat weren’t showing. I didn’t have to keep covering my belly with my sweater. At 53 I was the oldest woman attending and I looked as good as 30 and 35 year olds attending.
When we got home 2 days ago my 17 year old daughter asked my husband when they didn’t know I was listening, “Was mom one of the best dressed?” My husband said, “No. She was dressed like everyone else. But she knew she looked good.” That meant the world to me. I was able to dress like other business people younger than me. And I did know that I looked good. I can actually look at myself in a mirror again and enjoy it. And I’m not done. I am still losing inches, weight and gaining energy.
Before this program I wondered how I would get through next year’s tax season. My days would be done by 6pm. I couldn’t wait to get into my pajamas and crawl into bed. At the accounting firm my husband and I own, we work from January 2 to tax day without a day off, day and night. It was brutal for me last year and my depression was horrible this year. I had totally given up on myself and my goals. I didn’t know how I would face another year.
I started drinking while on antidepressants and felt worse and got heavier. I have weaned myself off of Lexapro and on this program stopped my Zocor. I haven’t had a drink in 10 weeks and I don’t crave it at all. I signed up for an intensive 9 month online course in life coaching which will help me with the alternative healing practice I want to open. I have my eye on the building across the street from our current business. I want to help other women realize it is never too late to get healthy and fulfill your dreams.
I will continue to use food as my “farmacy” and pay it forward to other women who don’t know where to start. When you have more energy you can handle the stress and obstacles that are thrown at you. Will it be a hard stressful year? Yes. Will I be able to handle it? Yes, thanks to Dr Hyman and everything he has taught me with this book and his continued work. Now I say “Bring It!” Thank you so much Dr. Hyman for giving me my life back. I have a whole lifetime of goals to start at 53!